5th Annual Schooner Challenge Monday June 5!

Get your tickets today! Last year we had Adventure, this year the Lewis H. Story. Our “littlest tallship” will be joining the fun only days after her relaunch. Get on board on have some fun and hi-jinks on the high seas!

ESM Schooner Challenge


Women Of Essex Exhibit At Essex Shipbuilding Museum

The Essex Shipbuilding Museum begins its 2017 season April 1st. We will be open weekends 10-5, closed Easter. This year we have a very special exhibit in our Waterline Center to kick off the season:


Adventure Joins Schooner Challenge – June 6th

It’s gotten bigger – the Essex-Built Schooner ADVENTURE has agreed to join the annual Schooner Challenge! HUGE! Grab up a bunch of your friends and add to the fun and join the crews of the ADVENTURE, The ARDELLE, and the LANNON in the famous Schooner Challenge to help to support the preservation of the museum‘s EVELINA M GOULART. Tickets will go fast! Sign up now.


Essex Shipbuilding Museum 2016 Opening April 2

It’s that time of year again, the Essex Shipbuilding Museum begins its 2016 season this Saturday. It still a little chilly in the shipyard, but at least we don’t have snow and ice in the yard like last year. As always, we will be open on weekends during the spring from 10-5. The guided tours, including the ship model collection at the Schoolhouse, happen 3 times a day at 10:30, 1 and 3, but self tours of the shipyard are available all day long.  Our newly refurbished signage for the EVELINA M. GOULART will be installed shortly and our gift shop has both new items and some of your old favorites. So come by this weekend, either for a tour, or maybe just a cup of our great coffee. Hope to see you in the shipyard in 2016!

Essex Shipbuilding Museum’s Annual Christmas Sale: Weekends until Dec. 21st

It’s that time of year again, the shipyard is getting ready for a long winter’s nap. But we will be open for another 4 weekends in order for you to get some last minute gifts for the “boat nerds” in your life. From now until Christmas, most items* in the Museum gift shop are discounted 10%. In addition to this, Museum members can take an additional 10% discount.

Come by on weekends from now until December 21 to check out our selection of home and decorative items, hard to find books, nautical items, shirts and hats, and Children’s books and toys. The Museum store is THE PLACE to think of for your “just perfect” gifts as well as stocking stuffers.

We are open Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from now through Sunday December 21.

*sale does not include consignment items*

Essex Shipbuilding Museum

66 Main Street

Essex, Massachusetts 01929



Maritime Capsules: Wednesday August 6, 7:30 PM Essex Shipbuilding Museum

I’m very proud to have been part of this excellent documentary team along with Keith Palazzola, Sal Zerilli, Mat Bradley and Jimmy Tarantino. A short, but detailed look at Gloucester’s relationship with the Grand Banks Dory in the past, present and future:

Why do working class people work so hard to sustain ways of life tied to declining commercial industries? The documentary film “Maritime Capsules” addresses this question through the eyes of a small group of people working to maintain an ancient rowboat as a vital piece of Maritime Culture in the shadows of the declining commercial fishing industry in Gloucester, Massachusetts, the oldest seaport in America.